Speciation and evolutionary genetics

This section considers studies into speciation and the role of inheritance and variation in individuals and among populations in evolution.

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  1. Research article

    Establishment of F1 hybrid mortality in real time

    Measuring the evolutionary rate of reproductive isolation is essential to understanding how new species form. Tempo calculations typically rely on fossil records, geological events, and molecular evolution ana...

    Ashley Saulsberry, Marisa Pinchas, Aaron Noll, Jeremy A. Lynch, Seth R. Bordenstein and Robert M. Brucker

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:37

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  2. Research article

    Widespread introgression in deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels

    The analysis of hybrid zones is crucial for gaining a mechanistic understanding of the process of speciation and the maintenance of species boundaries. Hybrid zones have been studied intensively in terrestrial...

    Corinna Breusing, Robert C. Vrijenhoek and Thorsten B. H. Reusch

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:13

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  3. Research article

    Structure and evolution of the filaggrin gene repeated region in primates

    The evolutionary dynamics of repeat sequences is quite complex, with some duplicates never having differentiated from each other. Two models can explain the complex evolutionary process for repeated genes—conc...

    Vanessa Romero, Kazuyoshi Hosomichi, Hirofumi Nakaoka, Hiroki Shibata and Ituro Inoue

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:10

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  4. Research article

    Evidence for genetic variation in Natterer’s bats (Myotis nattereri) across three regions in Germany but no evidence for co-variation with their associated astroviruses

    As bats have recently been described to harbor many different viruses, several studies have investigated the genetic co-variation between viruses and different bat species. However, little is known about the g...

    Tanja K. Halczok, Kerstin Fischer, Robert Gierke, Veronika Zeus, Frauke Meier, Christoph Treß, Anne Balkema-Buschmann, Sébastien J. Puechmaille and Gerald Kerth

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:5

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Origin and diversification of Lake Ohrid’s endemic acroloxid limpets: the role of geography and ecology

    Ancient Lake Ohrid, located on the Albania-Macedonia border, is the most biodiverse freshwater lake in Europe. However, the processes that gave rise to its extraordinary endemic biodiversity, particularly in t...

    Björn Stelbrink, Alena A. Shirokaya, Kirstin Föller, Thomas Wilke and Christian Albrecht

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:273

    Published on: 15 December 2016

  6. Research article

    The psoriasis-associated deletion of late cornified envelope genes LCE3B and LCE3C has been maintained under balancing selection since Human Denisovan divergence

    A common, 32kb deletion of LCE3B and LCE3C genes is strongly associated with psoriasis. We recently found that this deletion is ancient, predating Human-Denisovan divergence. However, it was not clear why negativ...

    Petar Pajic, Yen-Lung Lin, Duo Xu and Omer Gokcumen

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:265

    Published on: 5 December 2016

  7. Research article

    Discrete phenotypes are not underpinned by genome-wide genetic differentiation in the squat lobster Munida gregaria (Crustacea: Decapoda: Munididae): a multi-marker study covering the Patagonian shelf

    DNA barcoding has demonstrated that many discrete phenotypes are in fact genetically distinct (pseudo)cryptic species. Genetically identical, isogenic individuals, however, can also express similarly different...

    Chen Wang, Shobhit Agrawal, Jürgen Laudien, Vreni Häussermann and Christoph Held

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:258

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  8. Research article

    How and how much does RAD-seq bias genetic diversity estimates?

    RAD-seq is a powerful tool, increasingly used in population genomics. However, earlier studies have raised red flags regarding possible biases associated with this technique. In particular, polymorphism on res...

    Marie Cariou, Laurent Duret and Sylvain Charlat

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:240

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  9. Research article

    Phylogenetic analyses reveal molecular signatures associated with functional divergence among Subtilisin like Serine Proteases are linked to lifestyle transitions in Hypocreales

    Subtilisin-like serine proteases or Subtilases in fungi are important for penetration and colonization of host. In Hypocreales, these proteins share several properties with other fungal, bacterial, plant and m...

    Deepti Varshney, Akanksha Jaiswar, Alok Adholeya and Pushplata Prasad

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:220

    Published on: 19 October 2016

  10. Research article

    Genotype diversity in the honey bee parasite Nosema ceranae: multi-strain isolates, cryptic sex or both?

    There is great controversy as to whether Microsporidia undergo a sexual cycle. In the paradigmatic case of Nosema ceranae, although there is no morphological evidence of sex, some meiosis-specific genes are prese...

    Soledad Sagastume, Raquel Martín-Hernández, Mariano Higes and Nuno Henriques-Gil

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:216

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  11. Research Article

    Non-excitable fluorescent protein orthologs found in ctenophores

    Fluorescent proteins are optically active proteins found across many clades in metazoans. A fluorescent protein was recently identified in a ctenophore, but this has been suggested to derive from a cnidarian, ...

    Warren R. Francis, Lynne M. Christianson, Meghan L. Powers, Christine E. Schnitzler and Steven H. D. Haddock

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:167

    Published on: 24 August 2016

  12. Research article

    Subfunctionalization of peroxisome proliferator response elements accounts for retention of duplicated fabp1 genes in zebrafish

    In the duplication-degeneration-complementation (DDC) model, a duplicated gene has three possible fates: it may lose functionality through the accumulation of mutations (nonfunctionalization), acquire a new fu...

    Robert B. Laprairie, Eileen M. Denovan-Wright and Jonathan M. Wright

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:147

    Published on: 16 July 2016

  13. Research article

    Patterns of gene flow and selection across multiple species of Acrocephalus warblers: footprints of parallel selection on the Z chromosome

    Understanding the mechanisms and selective forces leading to adaptive radiations and origin of biodiversity is a major goal of evolutionary biology. Acrocephalus warblers are small passerines that underwent an ad...

    Radka Reifová, Veronika Majerová, Jiří Reif, Markus Ahola, Antero Lindholm and Petr Procházka

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:130

    Published on: 16 June 2016

  14. Research article

    Merging scleractinian genera: the overwhelming genetic similarity between solitary Desmophyllum and colonial Lophelia

    In recent years, several types of molecular markers and new microscale skeletal characters have shown potential as powerful tools for phylogenetic reconstructions and higher-level taxonomy of scleractinian cor...

    Anna Maria Addamo, Agostina Vertino, Jaroslaw Stolarski, Ricardo García-Jiménez, Marco Taviani and Annie Machordom

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:108

    Published on: 18 May 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:149

  15. Research article

    Evolutionary histories determine DNA barcoding success in vascular plants: seven case studies using intraspecific broad sampling of closely related species

    Four plastid regions, rpoB, rpoC1, matK, and trnH-psbA, have been recommended as DNA barcodes for plants. Their success in delimiting species boundaries depends on the existence of a clear-cut difference between ...

    Sofia Caetano Wyler and Yamama Naciri

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:103

    Published on: 13 May 2016

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